1) Shore's Edge:
a) Begin the beadwork on the beach panel.
|Bead work has begun on the beach panel.|
I love beading. It takes me back to the days when I used to quilt by hand. The repetition is so soothing.
b) Baste the ocean panel and thread paint the seashells.
|The ocean panel is basted and the seashells have been thread painted.|
2) Pictorial Painting Class:
a) Practice the painting techniques one more time.
|Practiced painting the leaf from the Calla Lilly project.|
b) Start painting the Calla Lilly.
OK, so I missed one of my goals. Each practice piece has me more and more comfortable about how to blend and apply the paint to achieve what I want. They also show areas where I need more practice.
3) Leah Day assignments:
|Express Your Love was marked, basted and the marked lines quilted.|
a) Mark the quilt.
b) Baste the quilt.
c) Quilt along the marked lines.
I wouldn't have thought it possible, but I could actually see well enough through the black fabric to trace the lines of Express Your Love.
I promised I would share tips this year. Here is one. I have taken to hand basting my quilts before machine quilting. Why? Although it is more time consuming, I believe it has three advantages. First, I find that the shifting between the top, batting and backing is less than when I pin baste. Second, without pinmoors or safety pins the quilt is more pliable for manipulating under the machine. Finally, I like the control I get since my hands rest on the quilt with no pin interference. I find it very easy to snip the hand basting as I come to it. Those odd turquoise threads, predominately on the left side of the quilt are the areas that are still basted.
I actually accomplished more on Express Your Love this week than I thought I might. I opted to thread paint my mantras in script. Leah Day, designer of the quilt, used block letters. I felt the curvilinear flow of the quilt suggest cursive and it also gave a more gentle, less dictatorial sense to words. The next step was to echo quilt the mantras. I opted for micro-stippling instead. Why? Once again I felt it softened the message.
My goals for the week ending January 18, 2013
1) Shore's Edge:
a) Add the beading to 14 more shells on the beach panel. I am under deadline pressure with this!
b) Machine quilt the ocean panel.
2) Pictorial Painting - paint the leaf for real. No more practicing!
3) Express Your Love - Do the echo/foundation stitching in the globe.